Pogrebnyak playsSeeing Pavel Pogrebnyak in a Reading shirt was a very positive experience for any Royals at our friendly with Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday evening.
Manager Brian McDermott said, "It was great to see Pavel play, he did well, his first 45 minutes for Reading and you could see he's a quality player, we're looking forward to working with him."
First team coach Nigel Gibbs added, "We've seen in the training, he works so hard for the team, that's very important.
"There were some good early signs, him and Alfie linked up well. Jobi had a good chance from it, so it was good to see him on the pitch."
Reflecting on the game itself - a 2-0 defeat for Royals - Nigel told Reading FC Player, " Overall it was a good workout, bits of the games we did really well and others we need to work on but that's pre-season.
"As we mentioned Pavel getting his first 45, Simon Church another 45 after not playing the first game, we played a very competitive side in Sheffield Wednesday who did very well on the night.
A full post-match video with Nigel is on Player now, and look out for highlights and a special Pavel feature in the next couple of days.